Tires And Noise

If you've been looking for new tires for sale, you may be concerned about getting tires that produce a lot of noise. What's considered excessive noise is subjective and often varies between vehicles and drivers. But noisiness of a tire depends on several factors, some of which are not due to how the tire is manufactured but because of other reasons including how your car is maintained. High tire noise is not a direct reflection on the quality of the tire, but may be influenced by some of these following factors.

Tread design and depth:

Tread design and depth have a great influence on how much noise a tire produces. Tires with deep, varied treads will tend to make more noise than one with a less aggressive design. Noise can also be influenced by the size of the tread blocks (the sections of tread that go all around the tire). Many heavily-treaded tires are designed for conditions where traction is extremely important such as dirt or gravel roads and are not perfectly "tuned" to smooth roads.

Tire materials and inflation:

All tires are made of both soft and stiff material, but some tires have an overall stiffer or softer construction. Softer tires are better for slippery conditions such as snow and rain, but can wear out quickly if they're mostly used in dry conditions. Stiffer tires last longer, but have less traction and are more likely to be noisier. Some tires can also become more stiff during cold weather or as they age. When choosing whether you want a softer or stiffer tire, consider how often you can afford to replace your tire as well as the road conditions you usually drive on.

Car maintenance:

One of the factors that influences the noise level of your tires is how you maintain your car. Tires that wear unevenly will likely create much more noise no matter how they were designed. To keep your tires from wearing unevenly, rotate your tires and check your tire's air pressure regularly. Have your car's alignment checked and adjusted as necessary.

Many tires have a noise rating listed on their sidewall, but noise levels depend on several factors and not every car owner will experience the same amount of noise. Be aware, also, that not all noise coming from the wheels are directly related to the tires. Suspension and steering components can also make noise, some of which sound similar to tire noise. If you have suddenly notice that your wheels are making a lot of noise, take it into a mechanic to have other components checked out before assuming you have noisy tires.